Archive - Jun 20, 2012

Archive - Jun 20, 2012

Date

Running into Trouble

Paula Opheim Milliner*, Indianapolis, IN – 20 at time of event (2004)

Paula Milliner

How do you tell a fit, healthy, athletic teenager they cannot play sport? You explain how they might die.

“When I was 16 I got diagnosed with a heart condition, called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy [HCM]. It’s a genetic disorder, and they told me I couldn’t play any competitive sports,” Paula said carefully. “They said there is a very minor chance of sudden death, well, it happens to—like—to one percent of people!”

Master Swimmers Don't Die…

Brian Duffield, Tucson, AZ – 40 at time of event (2006)

Brian Duffield

Brian is a member of a US Masters Swimmer group. There are about 40 of them in Tucson that get together regularly and swim their hearts out at the University of Arizona pool. On this particular Tuesday morning Brian nearly did! About half way into the session he didn’t feel at all well, and got out of the pool with an unusual fatigue. He decided to finish for the day and shower. That was when his chin hit the floor. He doesn’t know anything about it as he was unconscious at the time. Luckily, a young man witnessed the fall and raised the alarm.

Salesmen Use Their Equipment to Save Man's Life

DALLAS, TX -- Two men used the same equipment they sell to save a man's life while he was dying on the floor of a gym.

Kyle Smith and Alex Torda sell automated external defibrillators, and one of their customers is LA Fitness.

Jim Breuel was lying unconscious on the floor for two minutes before he finally got the help he needed.

Kyle Smith noticed two gym employees standing over Breuel, and then he jumped into action.

"I could tell they were in shock, you know, not really responding," Smith said. "I took control of the situation, told the guy to grab the AED and started doing CPR. At that point Alex ran over."

The two got Breuel's shirt off, analyzed his heartbeat and let the machine do the rest.

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